Follow the published narration and story of two friends traveling South, through 15 countries and two continents. From Ottawa Canada to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rob and Nik are set to embark on a journey meant to take a year, to be completed in a mere 2 months.

January - March 2011 : A year in the making..

We promise this blog will not only be awesome to read, but PACKED with info on how to plan your own trip........

the RIGHT way.

With only two months to complete the trip, we'll be cramming in tons of VIDEOS, PICS and useful and hopefully funny info.

Stay tuned for the Extended Video Log on my YouTube Channel after the trip; this blog is only the beginning....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Must...Escape....Peru.... -Rob

Ive gone from loving it to hating it. The problem is there´s no escaping it. Its a big country. Thousands of miles big, and its draining my funds faster than Charlie Sheen drains a bottle of JD. The more we encounter Peru, the more I seem to have problems with it, but I have to try and enjoy what is left of the trip. More importantly, I have to figure out how and who to sell the bike to. Thats the biggest concern now, and the closer I get to Buenos Aires, the more tense I feel about the whole situation. I guess as a last reason I´ll have to fly the bike somewhere to the U.S., as long as I have the money, and then ride it home from there and sell it for whatever its worth when it gets home.....worse comes to worse.

So we left Trujillo early in the morning to see if we could make it to Huaraz by, at the latest early afternoon. Nik continues to bump-start his traffic, in garages, or wherever else might be necessary to keep the bugger going. The plan was to get to the shortcut (HAH) and gun it up from there to the pass into the Andes, just for a short detour and a beautiful scenic ride. Well, one can never receive both wishes. The shortcut we took looked a little like this on Google maps:

We were told it was a mining shortcut that would cut across the river a little ways up. Problem was it wasnt quite the perfect pavement we were used to. The rocky dirt led us through some pretty unique dry rocky mountain terrain, far enough until Niks tire bit the dust, pardon pun. At least this time it was his front one. I fretted, thinking he had a tubeless tire, but thank god its so much easier to pry off. An hour in the desert and we had his bike good to go (thankfully we carried a spare tube). Minor problem, we´ll still make it to Huaraz today!

The road continued along the river for a good 40 kilometres. It was scenic, but so was the other side....that had the perfect pavement. So much for shortcut, as I watched cars vanish into the horizon on the other side as we steadily paced along at 50 kph. FINALLY! A BRIDGE!

So on the other side we were, zipping along as speedily as ever, when I gunned through a checkpoint. Oops. They kept us there for 20 minutes checking all our documents, and told us Huaraz was 5 hours away. Lots of dirt. Yikes, its 11:20.

This is the shitty part.

We took a left, following the nice pavement, instead of off'roading it. Theres no way a main road to Huaraz can be really badly unpaved dirt..right?

40 kilometres up the hill later, we realize the mistake. However...40 kilometres in a straight line, up a hill is one thing. This was 2 and a half..almost 3 hours. It was 120 kilometres of winding road until we realized our mistake with my shitty map and whoever stole my damn compass can go to hell.

Disappointment at its maximum. Realizing were in Cabanas instead of Huaraz, and what looks so short on the map is so far in reality. I swear the people in these mountains had never seen a tourist or passer'by before, we were in no mans land. friends is  when I instinctively knew it was more straight through canyons:

OK, so the ride wasnt too bad, it had its fun parts, but back down we 4 o clock, ready to fly through this mountain pass to as close to Huaraz as possible.

Get to the cut off, and left turn. Dirt road shouldnt be too bad. DO NOT GO TO HUARAZ!!! I BEG YOU!! Unless you kill your bike or have some reason to be there, don´t rush through it like we did. If your stopping to see some sites good for you, otherwise, stick desert. This road is pure hell, from Santa to Huallanca and Casca. Mind you, take a look at the pics and it is magnificent. Nik says it was one of his favourite scenic drives. But the road took its toll on our bikes. My chain strecthed continually, fell off at one point. But at least they survived. It began getting dark and after 3 hours of 30'40 kph and covered head to toe in dust and dirt, we had to call it quits in a tiny little town in the mountains. Cant remember what its called, it didn´t have a hotel, so we stayed in someones house for 2.50 american each. Dinner was another 2.50, a welcoming present after the damned price of gas empties our wallets as fast as the klr´s empty their tanks. The room was scary though, no bathroom, no nothing. Slept in our dirty clothes and got up super early to finish the ride. So the day started with more dirt, more dogs chasing us, and more bumpy roads. After an eternity of tunnels and chasms and gorges, we crept back onto pavement and gunned it to Huaraz. Once the speeds reached 90 again, we made it to Huaraz in no time. We wanted to see one of the great Lagunas on the mountaintop, but after so much dirt, we couldnt take anymore. We ate lunch in Huaraz, started feeling the high altitude effects, and decided to try and make it as far as possible to Lima.

The road side fix, without a distraction in the world

The only thing bigger than me in Peru is a cactus!

You hope there isn't traffic on the other side of these tunnels

This is how the locals get their exercise...everyday

This is how we test our skills...unwillingly

Even though it was sharp rocky dirt, the views made it 1/10th worth the drive

Case in point! Uh oh something else bigger than me :(

Escuintla Guatemala has nothing on this place

Sadness with a beautiful view

DO NOT FALL! Watch the roads at all times...because its an 8 second free fall, tested.

More fantastic views

Seriously, must pay full attention to the roads at all times...Bolivia death road has nothing on this!

There were tons of these super cool tunnels

I took a chance and made it off alive

Here come the white caps and the frozen fingers

Our only pic of a local and it cost me a soles....and she still nearly refused a picture...I'm telling you, everyones out to rip you off

The highest point we've been to so far! Even though it doesn't look like it

A huge rush across the Andes and back down led us back to the desert and right into Lima!!!! We actually made it 580 kilometres that day. Another run in with the police, under false pretenses...Nik running a toll booth when the tolls are free for us anyway, proceeded to bring a cop over to us and fail an attempt to extort 50 from Nik. Also another scarcity of gasoline. Peru, you have to put more gas stations around in the desert, or at least fill up the ones that are there, instead of getting our hopes up and making us worry about the next 15 kilometres. I expect more of this.

So anyway, were in Lima, at sunset. Dammit, we did it again, NO BIG CITIES IN THE DARK. No big deal, we´ll stick to the highway and hit up a hotel on the side. Lima is huge....when I say huge...imagine riding around for 3 HOURS LOOKING FOR A HOTEL. There is little I can say for Lima expect that I hate it. It has also made me pretty much hate Peru overall. Big words, but Lima is nasty. The traffic is nasty, the people are nasty (rude, unfriendly), the cars attempt to run you over at all times, Ive bumped two already cutting me off, and the scamming begins.

We were tired, we were nearly arguing looking for a hotel, and we´re a few blocks short of pitching tent on the side of the road. After passing and stopping at countless "hostals" which are nothing more than sex hotels (I suppose the prostitution in Lima is extravagant, THEY ARE EVERYWHERE) we decided to get to the airport...they had to have a hotel there. The Ramada, Costa Del Sol. Cool. Very nice. 200 Soles. Expensive, but well take it. "No sir, thats American". Are you kidding me. Its a airport hotel with nothing more to offer than a normal one. Forget it. Onwards we travel, aimlessly. No ones willing to point us in the right direction, we finally make it to Centro Historico, and find a hotel. Full. More directions leading nowhere. We FINALLY found a hotel, a rather nice one, a few minutes later tucked into a street, for 70 soles, 13.00 a piece each.
Ok, ok, complain more Rob. Then comes today.

The food is cheap, thankfully. 2.50 will get you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So less than 10.00 a day on food. We eat, and rush to hit up the dealership to change my chain and get Niks bike running. An hour and a bit later.....lost again, this city is too massive and oddly shaped, and we get to the Sales centre. The new chain. 400 soles. WHAT THE HELL. Thats over 120.00. WHATEVER, it has to be done, bite the bullet. We get over to the mechanic without getting lost, they take the chain off and somehow before I didn´t realize the teeth in the sprocket were completely bent. Mustve been the dirt...with the weight. Another 250 soles. PLUS 70 SOLES LABOUR. Now I´m getting completely ripped off. Thats 300.00 to change a chain and sprocket. El Salvador did it for 80.00. Colombia never charged me labour. These places were kind, considerate, helpful. Lima is none of that. Im not fond of Limians, not one bit. And they took 5 hours to put it on. 5 hours of waiting, I get my bike, and my chain is taught to its maximum. Not even put on right. I had to take it back to hotel, and properly fit it. What am I paying for. For more spending fun, I broke down and bought an external hard drive to back up all the pics ands vids as me and Nik are splitting soon. Another 200 soles. And finally, my camera charger blew on me again, so I bought a universal charger that hopefully is doing its job right now. All in all, 400.00 spent today. Today is a bad day.

So all in all, I have two pleasant things to say about Lima.
1. The sunsets are the most beautiful Ive seen in my life.
2. The prosperous parts of Lima and historical sections are really well put together, beautiful structures, reminds me of New Orleans.

The Lima sunset

But other than that, Im outta here first thing. Lets get to Nazca, hopefully well find some nice people not trying to take all my money.


  1. Sorry guys, what is this story of SPLITTING SOON???? Do you mean you are taking two different roads to see who arrives first, but where???? Eric

  2. Such a haterrr lol I thought Yicela should know of this post before she read it herself and you're lucky she forgives you :P
    Love you <3

  3. Hey Rob, love the pics. Had a question for you man. I am looking for my camping gear that I left in the fourth trailer at the Wine station. It was in a big blue bin. I have been looking for it and cant find it anywhere. Was wondering if you heard guys talking about it or if you felt like borrowing it for your trip to Peru. Anyway, was thinking of doing some winter camping and now I am kind of screwed. Keep me posted if you know anything about it. If you borrowed it cool, just bring it back in one piece dude!!!!!!

  4. Hi Rob, sorry man, Turns out Jason A took my camping gear thinking it was his girlfriend :) Anyway, hope all is well. we'll have to go for a beer when you come back, I want to hear all about your adventure!!!! Take care. Dan
    Catherine says Hi.

  5. Mr. Dan How could you think my dear sweet and honest son would do that to you. Anyhow just think of him in 8 degrees and rain right now with just his little tent from canadian tire:( you better owe him a beer and many more when he gets back and come to think of it a bottle of wine from the station for me when i come in March again haha love mrs. landon

  6. Good morning sweetie. Hope you stayed warm last nite. Take another hot shower this morning before you head off yet again. Drive safe and looking forward to your next call tonite hopefully. Love the new pics dad and I enjoy every nite joining and tracking you thru this blogg. Keep them coming. love u always and always mom dad stephy and puppy xoxo 2 hearst